Cal·cu·late v. i. [imp. & p. p. Calculater p. pr. & vb. n. Calculating ]
1. To ascertain or determine by mathematical processes, usually by the ordinary rules of arithmetic; to reckon up; to estimate; to compute.
A calencar exacity calculated than any othe. --North.
2. To ascertain or predict by mathematical or astrological computations the time, circumstances, or other conditions of; to forecast or compute the character or consequences of; as, to calculate or cast one's nativity.
A cunning man did calculate my birth. --Shak.
3. To adjust for purpose; to adapt by forethought or calculation; to fit or prepare by the adaptation of means to an end; as, to calculate a system of laws for the government and protection of a free people.
[Religion] is . . . calculated for our benefit. --Abp. Tillotson.
4. To plan; to expect; to think. [Local, U. S.]
Syn: -- To compute; reckon; count; estimate; rate.
Usage: -- To Calculate, Compute. Reckon, Count. These words indicate the means by which we arrive at a given result in regard to quantity. We calculate with a view to obtain a certain point of knowledge; as, to calculate an eclipse. We compute by combining given numbers, in order to learn the grand result. We reckon and count in carrying out the details of a computation. These words are also used in a secondary and figurative sense. “Calculate is rather a conjection from what is, as to what may be; computation is a rational estimate of what has been, from what is; reckoning is a conclusive conviction, a pleasing assurance that a thing will happen; counting indicates an expectation. We calculate on a gain; we compute any loss sustained, or the amount of any mischief done; we reckon on a promised pleasure; we count the hours and minutes until the time of enjoyment arrives”
Cal·cu·late v. i. To make a calculation; to forecast consequences; to estimate; to compute.
The strong passions, whether good or bad, never calculate. --F. W. Robertson.
v 1: make a mathematical calculation or computation [syn: cipher,
cypher, compute, work out, reckon, figure]
2: judge to be probable [syn: estimate, reckon, count on,
3: keep an account of [syn: account]
4: predict in advance [syn: forecast]
5: specifically design a product, event, or activity for a
certain public [syn: aim, direct]
6: have faith or confidence in; "you can count on me to help
you any time"; "Look to your friends for support"; "You
can bet on that!"; "Depend on your family in times of
crisis" [syn: count, bet, depend, look, reckon]